Best Android smartwatch 2021: what to wear on your wrist if you have an Android Best Android smartwatch 2021

Looking for the best Android smartwatch? There’s a lot to consider. You’ll need to think about what great features you want most but you’ll also want to think about what style suits your look the best. And, of course, you’ll need to have a think about what your budget is too. We’ve tested all the key products on the market to help you decide which devices best meet these criteria so that you can find the one that works for you. 

Over the last 12 months, we’ve seen a lot of new wearables come out, including the Fitbit Versa 3 and TicWatch Pro 3,, which are the most recent additions to the list. 

In all, we’ve ranked the eight best smartwatches that are compatible with Android phones in this definitive list. Our rankings are based on price, performance, design, and how well the watch integrates with the Android ecosystem of fitness apps. 

Not all of the devices on this list use Google’s Wear OS software so we have a separate list of the best Wear OS watches if that’s what you’re looking for.

Like when trying to choose from the best Android phones, you’re spoiled for choice when it comes to the best Android smartwatch. It might feel overwhelming but bear in mind that the majority include basic notifications, fitness features like step counting and tracking of walks and runs. For many users, those are the most crucial features you’ll need with everything else a useful bonus. 

If you’re looking for more advanced functionality, there are some great features to look out for if you can afford to pay a little more. These include a heart rate sensor, GPS, NFC for mobile payments, as well as improved battery life. Ultimately, it all depends on what you want a smartwatch to do for you in a way that a regular wristwatch or smartphone aren’t already fulfilling. 

Finally, don’t forget the style and design of your Android smartwatch either. There are plenty of different styles to choose from including sporty, blocky looks for fitness enthusiasts, to more regular and rounded looking watches that wouldn’t look out of place in smarter surroundings. Many of the models here also offer interchangeable straps so you can easily swap between different looks all with one watch. 

Every watch on this list is a great choice for Android, but they will also work with an iPhone (though sometimes with fewer features available). Be sure to read each individual review to see which of our picks is the best one for you.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 3

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1. Samsung Galaxy Watch 3

The best of the best

Specifications

OS: Tizen OS

Compatibility: Android, iOS

Display: 1.2″ or 1.4″ 360 x 360 Super AMOLED

Processor: Dual-core 1.15GHz

Band sizes: 22mm or 20mm

Onboard storage: 8GB

Battery duration: 3 days on 45mm / less on 41mm

Charging method: Wireless

IP rating: IP68

Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, LTE (for extra)

Reasons to buy

+Premium fit and finish+Excellent features

Reasons to avoid

Battery life not greatExpensive

Not only is the Galaxy Watch 3 the best Android smartwatch, it’s the best smartwatch you can buy full stop. It’s packed with features, and is available in two sizes to suit different sized wrists. 

We love the return of the physical rotating bezel that you don’t find on the Galaxy Watch Active range. It makes zipping through the circular menus of Samsung’s Tizen software a tactile pleasure. The Watch 3 marries excellent, modern design with top tier fitness features like GPS and multisport tracking.

A slight downside is that it’s a distinctly one-day battery watch, but then again so is the Apple Watch Series 5. But the Watch 3 more than makes up for it with excellent software, all the fitness functions you could want, and a premium feel that justifies the high price. 

Read the full Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 review

Fitbit Versa 3

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2. Fitbit Versa 3

Fitbit’s best smartwatch is a great choice for fitness

Specifications

OS: Fitbit OS

Compatibility: Android, iOS

Display: 1.58″ AMOLED

Onboard storage: N/A

Battery duration: Up to 6 days

Charging method: Magnetic connecting pin

IP rating: Water resistant

Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, NFC

Reasons to buy

+Built-in GPS+Lightweight and comfortable

Reasons to avoid

Poor side buttonNo offline Spotify

The Fitbit Versa 3 is a superb smartwatch, especially if your focus is more on fitness than general smart features.

It has GPS, SpO2 monitoring, 24/7 activity and heart rate tracking, guided breathing exercises, and numerous workout modes. Shell out for the Fitbit Premium subscription service and you’ll also get access to a Health Metrics dashboard, which lets you dive even deeper into your health and fitness stats.

There are other highlights beyond the fitness side though, with the Fitbit Versa 3 sporting a bright, crisp, and clear AMOLED screen, plus up to six days of battery life. It’s not a huge upgrade on the Versa 2, its smartwatch features are slightly limited, and to make the most of its fitness tools you need a subscription on top of the already pricey hardware, but quality rarely comes cheap.

Read the full Fitbit Versa 3 review

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2

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3. Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2

Another great Samsung watch

Specifications

OS: Tizen OS

Compatibility: Android, iOS

Display: 1.2″ or 1.4″ 360 x 360 Super AMOLED

Processor: Dual-core 1.15GHz

Band sizes: 20mm

Onboard storage: 4GB

Battery duration: Around 2 days

Charging method: Wireless

IP rating: 50m

Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth

Reasons to buy

+Great performance +Two-day battery life 

Reasons to avoid

More expensive than previous gen Limited third party apps 

The Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 is sold alongside the original Watch Active but we prefer this newer model thanks to an updated design, great battery life and a digital touch bezel which was sorely missing before.

The ‘Active’ branding means this is a smartwatch more suitable for workouts and fitness tracking compared to the regular Galaxy Watch, reflected in the great on-board coaching suggestions and reminders to move to reach your set goals.

It’s waterproof, suitable for running, swimming and cycling among other activities, handles notifications well, and you only have to charge it every other day. 

Read the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 review

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4. Fitbit Versa Lite

The cheapest Fitbit smartwatch

Specifications

OS: Fitbit OS

Compatibility: Android, iOS

Display: 300 x 300 LCD

Onboard storage: N/A

Battery duration: Up to 4 days

Charging method: Magnetic connecting pin

IP rating: Water resistance to 50m

Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth

Reasons to buy

+Affordable+Multi-day battery

Reasons to avoid

No GPS or NFCNo on-screen workouts

Fitbit makes several smartwatches but the cheapest of the bunch is the Versa Lite. Despite its price though it’s still a great Android watch pick thanks to a raft of features.

While it lacks built-in GPS, you can connect it to your phone to record run routes and there’s all the sport tracking features you’ll find on the Versa 2 or Ionic. 

The battery life is first class and will last around five days even with steady use, and the unit itself is slim and light so it’s easy to wear it to bed for the sleep tracking features.

It lacks NFC so you can’t use Fitbit Pay but if you want the Fitbit experience in a watch for less then it’s a no brainer.

Read the full Fitbit Versa Lite review

Fossil Sport

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5. Fossil Sport

Fossil takes position four

Specifications

OS: Wear OS

Display: 1.2-inch 390 x 390 AMOLED

Processor: Quad-core 1.2GHz

Band sizes: 22mm straps

Onboard storage: 4GB

Battery duration: Two days

Charging method: Proprietary

IP rating: IP68

Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS

Reasons to buy

+Lightweight design+Powerful watch

Reasons to avoid

Lacks high-end featuresGPS can be slow

This is the first watch – of many – in this list that comes with Wear OS software on board. It’s the Fossil Sport, and it’s arguably one of the first watches from the company that can keep pace with the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Watch and Apple Watch.

It’s lightweight, so it’s comfortable for a variety of exercises, and it’s built with fitness in mind with GPS and an accurate heart rate monitor included.

Despite its sporty focus the design still feels premium, and it’s one of the most powerful devices on this list as it comes with the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100 chipset inside. That’s not in a lot of other Wear OS watches yet, and we found it noticeably slicker than some other choices.

Read the full Fossil Sport review

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6. Honor Magic Watch 2

Fitness focussed

Specifications

OS: LiteOS

Compatibility: Android , iOS

Display: 1.2-inch / 1.39-inch 454 x 454 AMOLED

Onboard storage: 4GB

Battery duration: 7 days / 14 days

Charging method: Magnetic connecting pin

IP rating: Water resistant

Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC

Reasons to buy

+Incredible battery life+Top fitness features

Reasons to avoid

Dust magnetNon-fitness features limited

The Honor Magic Watch 2 is great if you want a ton of high-end fitness features in a smartwatch that can masquerade as a dressier, circular watch. It’s not a full-on sports watch but packs in GPS, tons of different workout modes with detailed info, and the software can give feedback on some activities.

The best part is the one to two week battery life, stamina that is very rare to find on other large-screen smartwatches. 

Bear in mind that this is pretty much a fitness tracker that looks like a watch as its few smartwatch features are very rudimentary and the notification system is not the best. It’s also best to use on Android as there are features missing if you connect to an iPhone, but for Android fitness fans this is a good shout. 

Read the full Honor Magic Watch 2 review

TicWatch Pro 3

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7. TicWatch Pro 3

The watch with two screens

Specifications

Compatibility: Android, iOS

Display: 1.4″ 454 x 454 OLED paired with LCD screen

Processor: Snapdragon Wear 4100

Onboard storage: 8GB

Battery duration: Up to 72h, 45 extra days in Essential mode

Charging method: Magnetic connecting pin

IP rating: IP68

Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, NFC

Reasons to buy

+Big battery lasts 3 days+Fast chipset

Reasons to avoid

Sometimes poor interfaceSleep tracking isn’t the best

The TicWatch Pro 3 is a good all-rounder that doesn’t necessarily excel in any one area. But it doesn’t need to because it’s also cheaper than top-end rivals.

And it does have a lot going for it. For one thing, it was the first smartwatch to use the top-end Snapdragon 4100 chipset, so performance is good. It also offers two to three days of battery life, or – if you switch it to Essential mode – it can keep going for up to 45 days.

The TicWatch Pro 3 also has a good screen – 1.4-inch 454 x 454 one that’s crisp, bright, and responsive, plus the watch has all the typical health and fitness features you’d expect from a smartwatch. Just don’t buy this for sleep tracking, as we found that wasn’t very accurate.

Read the full TicWatch Pro 3 review

TicWatch E2

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8. TicWatch E2

A Wear OS watch you’ve probably never heard of

Specifications

OS: Wear OS

Display: 1.39″ 400 x 400 OLED

Processor: Snapdragon Wear 2100

Onboard storage: 4GB

Battery duration: Around 48h

Charging method: Magnetic connecting pin

IP rating: IP67

Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1

Reasons to buy

+Affordable price+Easily two day battery life

Reasons to avoid

No NFC for paymentsBland design

Now it’s time for one of the cheapest devices on this list, and it comes from Chinese manufacturer Mobvoi. The TicWatch E2 isn’t a huge improvement on the first-gen watch, but it offers some fantastic features considering its price.

We really like the two-day battery life and the fact you can get all of the features of Wear OS on a watch for this low a price. It’s quite an impressive feat, and that’s why it ranks so highly in our best Android watch list.

There’s no NFC (so no Google Pay) but we can forgive that at this price, especially as you do get GPS and a heart rate monitor.

Read the full TicWatch E2 review

Not sure on the design? Why not take a look at the TicWatch S2? It’s a remarkably similar watch, but it comes with a slightly different look.

Source: TechRadar

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